Wines made along the 45th parallel such as the Bordeaux, the Saint-Emilion as well as those from Tuscany, are known rich, complex and silken taste. On the same 45th
parallel South of the Romanian Carpathians there is a place with wet springs and long, dry, sunny autumns called Dealu Mare.
Located in the County of Buzau, the Dealu Mare hills
have been well known for centuries for the production of wine. Many local wineries were established in this area. Until 1989, huge quantities of wine were produced and shipped throughout Romania. Nowadays the renovated and modernized facilities are an attraction for international guests in our vault who prefer quality rather than quantity.
It is a place where fertile and clean soils are inhabited by
small lizards. If you stop to admire the breathtaking beauty of the vineyards and smell the air, you might even encounter them as living proof of these fine lands. In 2011, lizards lent their latin name, to the multi-awarded world class wines: LacertA.
The LacertA winery is a perfect representation of the so called “new world”. Modern, state-of-the-art technology and elegant, rich and silken wines.
The quality and good taste of the wine represents their focus at Lacerta. They have set high standards of production since 2011. The 82 hectares of vineyards drenched in sunlight have made outstanding wines, which have captured numerous gold medals.
Their website is linked above. You may also follow them here.
LILIAC The Wine of Transylvania
Through its range of Dracula-related stories, Transylvania can be described as the land of the bat. It is then no coincidence that the winery’s name, Liliac, means bat in Romanian. These useful mammals are very welcome in the vineyards because they keep the insects in check. Liliac provides food and sleeping hutches between the vines for these important little helpers.
Actually, the world’s bat population has, in the last few years, decreased quite markedly and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) has put them on the red list of endangered species. In almost all countries the bat is now protected.
The country was formerly known as the “country behind the forests” by its German-speaking inhabitants. Transylvania was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire for longer than it has been called Romania, but it is, most strikingly of all, very strongly influenced by Germany through its high number of Mosel emigrants. Many wine lovers do, in fact, call Transylvania the ‘Romanian Mosel’ because of this and the similar climate conditions. Incidentally, Prince Charles has, almost unnoticed, been going on holiday in Transylvania for fifteen years.
The 52 ha of vineyards are mostly located in Batos and Lechinta. The whole of Lechinta’s 400 ha are characterized by light, sandy soils. InBatos, however, the earth is a bit heavier and richer. In the new wine cellars, there are over 1000 square meters of production are dedicated to the vinification and to the maturation of Liliac’s wines. The wine maker from France leads a predominantly Romanian team.
What makes Liliac wines special? The wines turn out well because of the high altitude of the vineyards combined with the continental climate, making the area cooler and fresher than the rest of Romania. The relatively high acidity guarantees the longevity of the wines.When it comes to exporting the wines, the indigenous grape varieties (Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Neagra) are particularly popular outside the borders. For more, pay them a visit here, here and here.